• Challenges to Evidence of Copyright Ownership

    January 01, 2020 |

    There has been a long-term debate over whether sound recordings can be copyright works made for hire. Sound recordings don't appear in the list of works for hire set out in §101 of the Copyright Act of 1976, though record labels argue recordings can be deemed so as a "compilation" or a "contribution to a collective work," per §101.

  • Cybersecurity Skills Update for 2020

    January 01, 2020 |

    The demand for capable skilled professionals and team players in the information security industry is increasing. For those gaining skills to work in the industry for the first time, the challenge remains to hit the ground running with a position and, better, with a career path. Yet no career path in this industry will sidestep an ongoing foothold in the classroom — onsite or virtual.

  • Real Property Law

    January 01, 2020 |

    Statute of Limitations Did Not Bar Foreclosure Action Nuisance Claim Arising Out of Environmental Remediation Not Barred By Statute of Limitations Mortgage Contingency Clause Did Not Give Buyer Right to Cancel Mortgagor Did Not Prove Damages Arising Out of RESPA Violation Questions of Fact Preclude Summary Judgment on Whether Adverse Possession Extinguished Easement

  • Lawyer Well-Being at Work: It's a Two-Way Street

    January 01, 2020 |

    It's Not the Number of Hours We're Billing or the Number of Hours We're Working; It's the Way We Feel About How We Spend Those Hours That Matters Working long hours, tracking those hours and feeling that we have to grind all year to hit a specific number of hours to meet a profitability target can make us feel like fungible, dehumanized automatons rather than highly trained providers of specific and thoughtful solutions to complex legal challenges.

  • GDPR Had Some Bite in 2019

    January 01, 2020 |

    Although no company was hit with the maximum GDPR fine of 4% of the company's worldwide annual revenue, GDPR fines issued in 2019 were still a force to be reckoned with.

  • Data Privacy: Building Compliant and Adaptable Systems

    January 01, 2020 |

    Rather than trying to institute changes to comply with every new privacy law as it emerges, a better approach is to view data privacy as an overall framework and adopt a holistic response to compliance with the built-in flexibility to constantly adapt to an ever-changing legal landscape.

  • Bursting the Bubble of Associate Compensation

    January 01, 2020 |

    Smart business leaders compete by constantly seeking cost advantages. Yet law firm leaders compete by perpetually increasing associate compensation. As always, this will not end well.

  • What Would End of Film Studio Consent Decrees Mean?

    January 01, 2020 |

    In November, the DOJ asked a federal district court to terminate the Paramount Consent Decrees, a set of rules governing major film studios for the last 70 years. In effect, these rules prohibited movie studios from owning downstream movie theaters and banned a variety of vertical agreements, such as block booking — the practice of bundling multiple films into one theater license.

  • A Look Behind, A Look Ahead: Part 1 - Cybersecurity

    January 01, 2020 |

    Cybersecurity Law & Strategy partnered with our ALM sibling Legaltech News to ask cybersecurity and e-discovery experts what they thought the key trends were in 2019 and what they expect to see in 2020.